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Ridley Scott

RAISED BY WOLVES | THE MARTIAN | GLADIATOR

“Writers are an integral part of my team and without them I would not be able to do my job, so to be able to work with Launch Pad and provide a new and innovative way for them to get their work out in the world is truly exciting.”

Brooklyn Weaver

Manager & Producer, Energy Entertainment

“The numbers speak for themselves. Beyond the massive amount of writers who have landed reps from Launch Pad, no other has led to more sales and bidding wars in existence. And beyond that, the success isn’t just here, but these scripts have landed on every major end of year list. This place starts careers!”

Key Dates

Deadline

Aug 20, 2022
Regular
Sep 20, 2022
Late
Oct 20, 2022
Final

Announcements

Jan 18, 2023
Second Rounder
Mar 31, 2023
Top 100
Apr 14, 2023
Top 50
Apr 28, 2023
Top 10
May 19, 2023
Winner

Launching Careers

The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other screenwriting competition. With a decade of experience in promoting up-and-coming writers, The Launch Pad Competition has firmly established itself as the premier hub for Hollywood to discover fresh voices and new ideas.  We advocate for all of our Top 100 finalists, working with them to share their work with the right industry members to advance their career. 

Our prestigious juries of industry members include managers, agents, producers and executives at companies across Hollywood. We also offer exclusive partnerships with management and production companies to give writers an extra leg up. 

Through these partnerships, as well as our exclusive mentorship opportunities, we seek to provide as many avenues towards success as possible.  No competition will do more to help all of their finalists take the next steps in their careers, and no competition has had as much success in helping writers break into the industry. Enter now for a chance to join this tradition of Launch Pad success.

Meet The Jury

Casey Hodgkinson

Apatow Productions | Creative Executive

Casey Hodgkinson is a Creative Executive at Apatow Productions, where she develops projects for both film and TV. She started her career in representation, most notably at 3 Arts Entertainment, where she worked closely with some of the top comedic talent in the world. She holds a BA in Cinema and Television Arts from Cal State Northridge.

Haley Pigman

Blumhouse | Manager of Creative Development

Haley is the Manager of Creative Development at Blumhouse Productions, working across an array of genre features from development through production which include upcoming titles THE BLACK PHONE, THEY/THEM and HALLOWEEN ENDS. She started in the industry as an Agent Trainee at Paradigm Talent Agency before moving into Development at Legendary Entertainment. Haley has a passion for storytelling and her ambition is to amplify provocative, entertaining stories that make cultural waves.

Jessica Zou

Verve | Motion Picture Lit Agent

Born and raised in China, Jessica holds a Masters in Communication Management from USC. During school years, she interned at Legendary and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. She soon started in the mailroom at UTA, moving on to assist agents in the Motion Picture Literary department who represent writers, directors, and producers. She also focuses on finding diverse voices and bridging different cultures within Hollywood. Early in 2020, Jessica joined Verve where she now works as an MP Lit agent.

Wilson Rubinoff

Paradigm | Literary Agent

Rubinoff is a literary agent representing writers and directors. He came to Paradigm in 2017 as an intern and later held positions in the mailroom, and as contract administrator and coordinator in the television literary department.

Sophia Kalin

Bold Films | Creative Executive

Sophia was born and raised in California, so her only options were the film industry, tech, or the film industry. She didn’t take to coding so Sophia headed to film school to study directing. After directing a swath of short films and music videos, she made her way into producing. After graduation, Sophia threw herself into the talent agency trenches before landing as the Creative Executive at Bold Films, the production company behind DRIVE, WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER and THE GUILTY. Independently, Sophia produces under banner The Kalin Company. She just wrapped on her first film titled DADDY, that's currently in talks for distribution.

Zack Zucker

Bellevue Productions | Literary Manager

Zack Zucker is a Literary Manager at Bellevue Productions. Prior to joining Bellevue, Zack worked at Google, United Talent Agency, and Twentieth Century Fox. He also produced independently. On the feature side, his clients have placed #1 on the 2020 and 2021 Black Lists, won the Nicholl Fellowship, and had films premiere at Sundance, TIFF, and Tribeca. On the TV side, his clients have written on such series as FBI: International, How We Roll, Black Lightning, AJ & the Queen, & Flatbush Misdemeanors. As a producer, his feature, THE NOVICE, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won multiple awards including Best US Narrative. The film went on to sell to IFC Films and was nominated for five Indie Spirit Awards, including Best Feature. Zack attained a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California's Peter Stark Producing Program and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

Derrick Eppich

Empirical Evidence | Manager

Born in Detroit, raised in Phoenix and a former fashion professional in New York & Europe, Derrick Eppich has an eclectic background combined with great experience in the film and entertainment industry. Currently, he focuses on character driven genre and prestige storytelling with fresh new voices and emerging filmmakers that best capture the independent spirit and heart. Before starting Empirical Evidence, he worked at The Gotham Group, Lee Stobby Entertainment, and Energy Entertainment. Empirical Evidence reps creatives in the TV, Film, Theatre, and Podcast space in various stages of their careers.

Jason Lubin

First Story Entertainment | Manager & Producer

Jason Lubin is a manager-producer and the principal at First Story Entertainment, which he founded in 2018. The lit management company represents a diverse roster of talented writers and directors with fresh voices in all genres for Film and TV. The company’s clients have been staffed on shows on multiple networks including Showtime, CW, Apple+ and Netflix and have sold series to Disney and HBO Max. In the feature space, First Story clients have written films starring Robert De Niro and John Malkovich and sold specs to Searchlight Pictures. Prior to starting First Story, Jason was a seasoned development executive. He worked as the Head of Production & Development at Lynda Obst Productions, a Sony based production company, and for seven and a half years at Lionsgate, where he rose to Story Editor in the Motion Picture Group and served as the junior creative executive on multiple feature projects.

Alex Barnes

Cavalry Media | Director of Development

Alex is Director of Development at Dana Brunetti's Cavalry Media working across film, TV and podcast. Prior to Cavalry Alex worked at Relativity Media and Trigger Street Productions. His career started in Australia producing and directing public broadcast documentaries, music videos, commercials and films. He was one of the producers on the iconic Australian anthology feature film, Tim Winton's THE TURNING.

Melissa Rickard

H2L Media Group | VP of Television

Melissa Rickard began her career at HBO, where she spent six years in both HBO Films & Cinemax Originals, working on projects such as WARRIOR, BANSHEE, and THE KNICK. Prior to joining H2L, Melissa served as a Creative Executive at Brad Weston’s Makeready where she helped develop the film & television slate. Raised in three different countries and five different states, Melissa views material through a global lens, and endeavors to harness the power of storytelling to create emotional connections to cultures other than one’s own.

Grace Ledding

Agile Entertainment | Literary Manager

Grace Ledding is a literary manager and producer at Agile Entertainment. She got her start as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency and then became a Creative Executive at foreign sales-based, film finance company, InterMedia, where she worked on BREACH, HUNTING PARTY, and Oliver Stone’s ALEXANDER among others. She then became Vice President at Paramount Pictures-based production company, Cerenzie-Peters, before launching her own management and production company ten years ago. Grace is currently an Executive Producer on Netflix’ animated series, HELLO NINJA!, which just launched Season 4, and developing a premium limited series at 20th Television with Bold Films, BARBIE & RUTH, based on Robin Gerber’s biography of Mattel founder, Ruth Handler.

Evan Bates

Baha Productions | VP of Development & Production

Evan is the Vice President of Development & Production at Baha Productions. Before joining Baha Productions, Evan worked with Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and served as an Associate Producer on the film SAVAGES which starred Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Robin Budd

Viewfinder Management | Principal / Manager

Robin Budd launched Viewfinder Management in 2012. Previously, as an independent producer, Robin developed with Tom Perrotta an adaptation of his novel, THE WISHBONES, for television as a half-hour comedy series with John Wells Productions, WBTV and Showtime. She was executive vice president of the first year of the New Voices program at the non-profit the HUMANITAS Prize and prior to that, the senior vice president of Mandalay Television. Before joining the team at Mandalay, she worked for over eleven years in both film and television at Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz's The Bedford Falls Company.

Tiffany Boyle

Ramo Law PC | President

For more than 10 years, Tiffany Boyle has leveraged her business-oriented sales and packaging skills to bring hundreds of films and documentaries to fruition. Through her critical review of content and strategic use of Ramo Law resources, Tiffany creates successful content packaging that bridges the needs of both client and industry demands. Tiffany connects filmmakers with producers, co-producers, executive producers, co-finance partners, distributors, agencies and other industry representatives. She has brought in financing or leading sales on films such as Paul Schrader's THE CARD COUNTER and romantic crime thriller DIE IN A GUNFIGHT; she led the sales and packaging for DEMBANGER (SXSW 2020) and ONE OF THESE DAYS (Berlin 2020); and she recently Executive Produced “LINE OF DUTY” starring Aaron Eckhart.

The Benefits of Feedback

We are committed to helping writers take meaningful steps in their career, and there is nothing more important in developing your craft than thorough, in-depth notes from a trusted source. We are proud to offer our Feedback Notes program, providing 1-2 pages of in-depth notes on your competition entry, with insight into the story, characters, and writing of your project.

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Prizes with Results

Grand Prize | Top 3 Winners

Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

  • Invited to an exclusive, Launch Pad virtual event where you’ll interact with industry professionals like top agents, managers, executives.

 

Top 10

Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

  • Your work will be read, reviewed and voted on by our esteemed Judges.
  • One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.

 

Top 50

Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…

  • One year free membership to the Tracking Board.

 

Top 100

  • Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry networks.

Let's Talk Guarantees

Guaranteed Development Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected by Development Prize partner Citizen Skull, who will select one project from the Launch Pad Feature competition to develop with the writer(s).
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Development” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

 

Guaranteed Signing Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

 

Mentorship Program Selections

  • Writer(s) will be selected by one of our mentors to enter our Launch Pad Feature Mentorship Program.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Mentorship Program” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

Successes from a few Top 100's

Michelle Askew

Michelle Askew signed with a Literary Manager at Fourth Wall after he discovered her and her work through the Launch Pad Feature Competition.

Taylor Hopkins

After placing in the Top 10 of the 2021 Launch Pad Feature Competition, Taylor Hopkins signed with a literary agent at Verve.

Rex Cheung

Launch Pad Feature Top 10 Finalist Rex Cheung signed with a manager at Agile Entertainment after they read his material through the competition.

Wilandrea Blair

Wilandrea Blair

Wilandrea Blair signed with a Literary Manager at Romark Entertainment after they discovered her through the Launch Pad Feature Competition.

Feature Mentorship Program

Requires Add-On in Checkout

The best way to learn is by working with experienced writers who have already navigated that path to success. That is exactly what the Launch Pad exclusive mentorship opportunity is set up to do.

David Rabinowitz

Originally from NJ, David has been working as a full-time professional screenwriter since 2017. He and his writing partner Charlie Wachtel co-wrote (along with Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott) the 2018 film BlacKkKlansman, and they currently have multiple projects in development as both writers and producers.

Zach Dean

ZACH DEAN has two upcoming features-- “DAY DRINKER” which is being directed by Marc Webb, with Zach, Lit Entertainment Group’s Adam Kolbrenner, and 30West Producing—and “THE GORGE”, with Scott Derrickson directing for Skydance Entertainment. Most recently, ZACH wrote Amazon’s original science fiction tentpole film “THE TOMORROW WAR”, starring Chris Pratt and directed by Chris McKay. Zach also worked on the Universal Studios film “Beast” that will star Idris Elba. ZACH previously sold his original scifi film “CANARY” preemptively to Imagine Entertainment for Ron Howard to direct. He wrote "Starblazers" for Chris McQuarrie to direct at Skydance. He has his original World War II film "ATLANTIC WALL" with Bradley Cooper attached to star at Imperative and has the Bill Graham story with Shawn Levy directing for Fox. Additionally, he wrote “VOYAGERS,” based on the life of Carl Sagan, for Warners. It is being produced by Lynda Obst and Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan. His feature film “24 HOURS TO LIVE" was released in 2017 and starred Ethan Hawke. Zach’s feature “DEADFALL” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner financed.

Guaranteed Development Prize

A minimum of 1 project will be selected by Development Prize partner Citizen Skull, who will select one project from the Launch Pad Feature competition to develop with the writer(s).

Guaranteed Signing

Stay tuned as we announce this year’s Guaranteed Signing Prize partner. Past partners have included Lit Entertainment, Recon Literary, Good Fear Content, Artillery Creative and more.

 

To be eligible for the add-on prizes, entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Development”, “Guaranteed Signing”, and/or “Mentorship” add-on at the time of entry.

If you select any add-ons at the time of entry, regardless of where you place in the competition, you will still be in the running for those add-on features.

Selection Criteria

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) The originality and commerciality of the premise; (ii) The effectiveness of the plot and structure in serving that premise; (iii) The professional quality and creative use of the writing, formatting and presentation; (iv) The use of dialogue to advance the character, story and entertainment value of the project; (v) The originality, believability and emotional investment in the characters and their impact on the overarching story and themes.

Initial reads will be completed by professional industry readers, after which the top scored scripts will be named to a Second Round. At this point,  our internal team of readers will read all remaining submissions to allow for extensive internal discussions over the relative merits and weaknesses of each project. Through internal conferences, we narrow down a list of 100 finalists. At this point, writers may be asked to submit supplemental information (a brief bio, a bible for their tv pilot, etc.) to assist in the decision making process. 

Further rounds of internal reading and discussion, as well as consultations with our signing and development prize partners, narrows the finalists down to 10, at which point our panel of industry judges read each script and determine our winners. 

Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of Launch Pad. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

Rules

  1. All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  2. All feature scripts must be under 120 pages (any script with more than 120 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page) 
  3. Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.
  4. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity. As such, the Title Page can include any information you would like. 
  5. Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).
  6. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing any prizes awarded as they deem fair.
  7. All submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s). Any submissions of existing characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any intellectual property that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  8. Features with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  9. The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, been produced, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a top 50 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.
  10. The Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts will be accepted for a limited time through the Coverfly website only for a $6 fee.
  11. The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  12. All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judges panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  13. Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  14. Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed development and guaranteed signing add ons
  15. General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  16. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  17. The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  18. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  19. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writer’s name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants’ work.
  20. By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. The vast majority of entrants enter in good faith, and validating everyone at the entry stage would be inefficient and take away from efforts reading and finding the best scripts. Therefore, we check eligibility at the Top 100 Finalist stage, which allows us to confirm eligibility prior to winner selection. If an issue comes to our attention earlier, we will address eligibility issues in earlier rounds on a case-by-case basis.
  21. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  22. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  23. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  24. You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.

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